Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Inspiration: Filonov

Peasant Family (Holy Family), 1914. Oil on canvas.

Flowers of the Universal Flowering, 1916. Oil on canvas.

A White Picture, 1919. Oil on canvas.

At the Table, 1912-1913. Oil on canvas.

Pavel Filonov (1883-1941) was a Russian painter, poet and art theorist. He refused to sell his works hoping to create a museum of analytical art, and was forgotten for decades because his art didn't correspond to social realism, which was the only art movement allowed in USSR. Filonov actually died of hunger during the siege of Leningrad on December 3rd 1941. His works were saved by his sister Evdokia Glebova and later she gave his paintings and graphic works to the Russian State Museum, which is where nearly all of them can now be found.
His first personal exhibition took place only in 1988, more than 50 years after his death.

I absolutely love Filonov's works and find them extremely beautiful and inspirational. You?


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